A Guide to the Wine Regions of France
For those who are just beginning to love drinking wines, it is good to know that the greatest tasting wines come from grapes that were grown in very ideal environmental condition in order to give the great taste to its wine. In the world, we can find a few places where great wine is produced. These are the regions that produce grapes in optimal weather conditions. The best quality wines comes from grapes produced in these kinds of environment. France is one of the greatest wine regions in the world.
France is the first country that comes to mind when wine is being discussed. France is one of the largest producers of wine in the world. The yearly wine production in Frances reaches billions of bottles. In the world’s wine market, France has the largest share. You will find different distinct kinds of wine in every region that produce wine in France. And this is true despite using the same type of grape. Each region has its own special characteristic environment that makes the special distinct taste of their wine.
The large wine regions of France are given below.
Alsace is a wine-producing region located on the river Rhine in the eastern part of France. It is the white wine region but it also produces some red wines. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Muscat and more are the popular grapes grown in this region.
If you go to the Atlantic coast of France, you will find Bordeaux which is a red wine region there. Wines produced in this region are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and sometimes Cabernet Franc.
Burgundy or Bourgogne is located in the eastern part of France. Equally popular are red and white wines produced in tis region. There are four sub-regions in Burgundy and these are Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise, and Maconnaise. Chardonnay grapes are used for white wine while Pinot Noit grapes are used for red wine.
Champagne is the home of the world-famous sparkling wine of France which is located close to Belgium and Luxembourg. Champagne is also a region where still or non-sparkling wine is produced.
The wine region located on an island in the Mediterranean Sea is Corse or Corsica. They produce table wines that are made for consumption on the island itself. You should join a wine tasting tour in order to try their tale wines.
Wine made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are produced in the mountains of Jura close to Belgium.
Most of the table wines in France are produced from the largest regions in terms of vineyard surface and this Languedoc-Roussillon
The Loire Valley along the Loire River is a white wine region with many vines growing along the river basin.
Rose and red wines are produced in the warm region of Provence and Rhone.
The white wine produced in the Savoy region of he Alps is made from grapes that are uniquely their own.